Busta Rhymes brings forth his first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week with "The Big Bang." The album sold 209,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the rapper's best one-

Busta Rhymes brings forth his first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week with "The Big Bang." The album sold 209,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the rapper's best one-week sum since "E.L.E.: Extinction Level Event" sold 212,000 in its second week in 1998. "The Big Bang" also goes right to No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums tallies.

The Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way" (Columbia) continues to roost at No. 2 spot on The Billboard 200, despite a 25% slip in sales at 130,000. The set remains No. 1 on Top Country Albums for a fourth week.

After debuting at No. 1 last week, AFI's Tiny Evil/Interscope release "Decemberunderground" falls to No. 3 with 104,000 copies, a sales hit of 43%, and holds its reign on the Top Rock Albums chart. After 23 weeks on the Billboard 200, the soundtrack to Disney's "High School Musical" continues to sell strong, climbing 5-4 with 79,000 (-8%).

Three Days Grace enjoys its best-selling week with "One - X", which enters at No. 5. The Jive set sold 78,000 and easily outpaces the Canadian band's self-titled debut, which peaked at No. 69 but has sold 1.2 million copies to date.

With contributions from Rascal Flatts, John Mayer and Sheryl Crow, the soundtrack to Disney's Pixar-animated film "Cars" drives up 7-6 with 75,000 copies (+9%). The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Warner Bros. set "Stadium Arcadium" falls 6-7 with a 14% decrease at 74,000 copies. Rascal Flatts' fourth Lyric Street/Hollywood set, "Me and My Gang," holds tight at No. 8 for a second week (73,000; +11%).

In addition to being replaced by Rhymes at No. 1 on Top Rap Albums, Yung Joc's "New Joc City" (Bad Boy) takes a 53% sales hit, descending 3-9 on The Billboard 200 with 70,000, while Ice Cube's "Laugh Now, Cry Later" (Lench Mob) drops 4-10 on a 56% decrease to 64,000.

Only two other albums managed to debut in the top 50 this week. Billy Joel's double-disc set "12 Gardens Live" (Columbia) bows at No. 14 with sales of 44,000. Widespread Panic's "Earth to America" (Sanctuary) enters at No. 48 with 21,000, the veteran jam band's best position ever for a studio album.

At 10.4 million units, overall CD sales were up 9% from the previous week and down 13% compared to the same week a year ago. Sales for 2006 are down 4% compared to 2005 at 251.6 million units.

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